Ophelia Storm

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“Two extreme weather events occurred during winter 2017/2018, namely Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma. The severity of such storms and their effects on the healthcare system were profound”

A sustained surge in the numbers attending hospitals, insufficient bed capacity, staff recruitment and retention problems as well as a prolonged flu s(...)

Joe Ahern, owner Fána Tree Nursery, Ballyhooly, north Cork, surveys the damage caused by Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The owner of a tree nursery business in Co Cork has said it will take a decade to build his stock back up to what it was before storm Ophelia devastat(...)

Sean Hogan, chairman at the National Emergency Coordination Centre, at a press conference to announce details of storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Storm Ophelia caused almost €70 million worth of damage after it tore across Ireland on October 16th last year. The tropical revolving storm develope(...)

A man looks at debris at the scene in Claddaghduff, near Clifden in Co Galway where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali which has brought gusts of 91mph. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

A north Connemara community has expressed shock at the death of a Swiss woman whose caravan was swept off the coast in violent storm force winds early(...)

Margaret Cash with six of her seven children. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said there is clearly urgent need for a review of how State agencies deal with families who present late at night in need of emergency accommodation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has defended its response to the housing crisis as it emerged families seeking emergency accommodation will be placed in commuter towns(...)

A sea bird amongst the Atlantic waves in Kerry. The Irish Atlantic coastline has some of the most energetic waves in Europe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Storm Ophelia was setting new wind-speed and wave-height records last autumn, ocean energy researchers were once again reminded of the challenges(...)

Let’s be honest, though, it’s not just my mother who is obsessed with the weather. As a nation, we are entirely fixated on it.

I’ve become increasingly worried about my mother’s obsession with the weather. Every time I open the laptop down at home there is always one website (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil has criticised him for his absence throughout the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Cabinet will on Tuesday consider major reforms to the governance structure of the Health Service Executive in an attempt to restore public confide(...)

Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack in Glasnevin for the launch of Met Éireann’s  new mobile app and website. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

It was providential timing that Met Éireann launched its new app and seven-day forecast on the first day of spring. The sun gleamed off the glass pane(...)

Det Supt Colm Fox: he had led many major criminal investigations, including into murders and gangland crimes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Garda sergeants and inspectors are becoming concerned at the number of suicides in the Garda, and want a strategic plan to help reduce the number of m(...)

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